Polymers 2014, 6(1), 145-159; doi:10.3390/polym6010145
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Statistical Analysis of the Progressive Failure Behavior for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites under Tensile Loading

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Received: 11 November 2013; in revised form: 31 December 2013 / Accepted: 8 January 2014 / Published: 10 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Structural Engineering)
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Abstract: An analytical approach with the help of numerical simulations based on the equivalent constraint model (ECM) was proposed to investigate the progressive failure behavior of symmetric fiber-reinforced composite laminates damaged by transverse ply cracking. A fracture criterion was developed to describe the initiation and propagation of the transverse ply cracking. This work was also concerned with a statistical distributions of the critical fracture toughness values with due consideration given to the scale size effect. The Monte Carlo simulation technique coupled with statistical analysis was applied to study the progressive cracking behaviors of composite structures, by considering the effects of lamina properties and lay-up configurations. The results deduced from the numerical procedure were in good agreement with the experimental results obtained for laminated composites formed by unidirectional fiber reinforced laminae with different orientations.
Keywords: polymer-matrix composites; laminated structures; transverse matrix cracking; Weibull distribution; numerical modeling
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Wang, F.; Ding, J.; Chen, Z. Statistical Analysis of the Progressive Failure Behavior for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites under Tensile Loading. Polymers 2014, 6, 145-159.

AMA Style

Wang F, Ding J, Chen Z. Statistical Analysis of the Progressive Failure Behavior for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites under Tensile Loading. Polymers. 2014; 6(1):145-159.

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Wang, Fang; Ding, Jun; Chen, Zhiqian. 2014. "Statistical Analysis of the Progressive Failure Behavior for Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites under Tensile Loading." Polymers 6, no. 1: 145-159.

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